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A good start to the series...
on 3 April 2008
I agree with the previous reviewer. Despite wishing that it had as much to offer as the Abhorsen trilogy, the story was enough to keep me reading and I read the whole book in one day. It's much thinner than the Abhorsen books and I found myself wishing the series hadn't been cut up into so many different books.
The characters lack some depth. Milla comes across as a blood thirsty teenager, but i'm sure there's more to her than that and this will be revealed in the subsequent books. I doubt someone who can write Sabriel and Lirael so well (as in the Abhorsen trilogy) would give us a one dimensional female character now.
I've seen reviews of the second book and it looks like things rev up quite a lot. Shame we have to wait for October to have it published in the UK. I'm keen to know the next part of the adventure.
I would recommend you buy this book, but perhaps wait until more of the series has come out.
Update: Set 08 - I decided not to wait for the UK publication of the remaining books, so I bought them all in America and had them shipped over. My verdict? Not in the same league as the Abhorsen trilogy but still very good indeed. I read the remaining 5 books of the series in a week. The plots and characters develop very well - Enjoy!